Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Abdominal Strength

DSW Fitness posted an online article about assessing abdominal strength. Several pros offered their input.  The one test that was mentioned more than once was the simple plank test with the participant on elbows and toes as a  measure of the entire trunk. It is a good measure of muscle strength and endurance.  Douglas Brooks uses a 7-level plank test moving from plank to right arm extended, left arm extended, right leg and then left leg and on from there. It is an easy assessment to time and re-test in 30 days. When perfect form is broken such as the hips drop, the time is recorded and test over.